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Judge swats down Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times

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A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times filed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, according to New York Times media reporter Sydney Ember.

“Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States,” wrote U.S. District Court judge Jed Rakoff. “In the exercise of that freedom, mistakes will be made, some of which will be hurtful to others.

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“If political journalism is to achieve its constitutionally endorsed role of challenging the powerful, legal redress by a public figure must be limited to those cases where the public figure has a plausible factual basis for complaining that the mistake was made maliciously, that is, with knowledge it was false or with reckless disregard of its falsity.”

“Here, plaintiff’s complaint, even when supplemented by facts developed at an evidentiary hearing convened by the Court, fails to make that showing.”

Palin had sued the newspaper in June over an editorial that had falsely portrayed her as inciting the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.

The editorial claimed there was a clear link between a map with crosshairs that was produced by Palin’s political action committee and the shooting of Giffords. The article was later corrected.

“What I wasn’t trying to say was that there was a direct causal link between this map and the shooting,” New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet testified earlier this month. “What I was concerned about was the overall climate of political incitement.”

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Confused Trump can’t stop talking about the new military ‘hydrosonic’ toothbrush missile

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President Donald Trump spent some of his time at his Ohio rally Saturday saying that under his leadership the military has developed a secret hydrosonic missile.

There's just one problem: Hydrosonic is a toothbrush.

The Hydrosonic Pro is a Curaprox product that boasts "ultra-fine, gentle CUREN® filaments."Hypersonic missiles are weapons that can travel at 17 times the speed of sound and Navy warships will be outfitted with them. Trump also seems confused about the facts, saying that the missile travels at five times the speed of normal missiles.

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‘Jarring’: PA Trump fans attack polls making so much noise poll workers couldn’t read instructions to voters

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One Pennsylvania polling place fell under a full out attack on those standing in line to vote and trying to cast a ballot on Saturday.

In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.

"I arrived just as polling place opened. Short line. Thought I'd be in and out in 20 minutes tops. Even w/ this short line, it took 2+ hours," he explained.

"Then the next Semi followed, then the 3rd," he continued. "A motorcade of semis, jeeps, and a few sedans drove down the road. All honking. All flying Trump 2020 flags. With people yelling out the window. This motorcade snaked around the polling place the entire time I was there (2 hrs)."

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Trump gives 9/11 first responders back the $3.3 million he took from health fund: GOP Congressman

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that the 9/11 first responders would get the $3.3 million back that President Donald Trump stole from the program that helped them with medical treatments.

Those at the Twin Towers site in the days following the terrorist attacks breathed in a series of toxic gasses and asbestosis, leading them to have a slew of health problems years later. A fund was set up to ensure that those heroes were always taken care of for the rest of their lives as they suffered through their final years.

“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the New York Daily News Saturday. "I mean this just never should have happened, but we fought hard, we got it done."

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